Thursday, September 11, 2014

Learning economics through pictures - beer vending machines

Thanks to SU econ major Courtney Conrad for bringing this to my attention!

This is a beer vending machine found in the stadium of the Minnesota Twins.  The benefits of this for the stadium is that you need fewer worker.  The downside, of course, is that the machines cost money.  

With higher minimum wages and threatened future minimum wage increases across the country, however, these types of machines will become more widespread.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Assorted Links

1. An economist on the airline seat-reclining controversy

2.Outstanding Forbes article on the black-white learning gap.

The root cause, of course, is something that neither the President nor the well-intentioned apologists for black academic failure (who cite everything from boredom to Common Core to institutional racism as causal agents), nor union-bashers, nor even school choice advocates care to admit: the lack of respect for, role modeling of, and high expectations for rigorous academic study in many black homes and communities. 

We're #35!

Rankings of research output by economics departments at liberal arts universities

It's only experimental, but it is still pretty exciting for our small department.  Many of these departments have far more faculty members than Susquehanna, whereas Susquehanna University's economics department has four faculty members.  

Saturday, September 6, 2014

I'm quoted in an article discussing the PA governor's race

Link here

Pennsylvania had added 54,000 jobs over the year.
Matthew Rousu, an economics professor at Susquehanna University, notes that politicians generally get too much credit when the economy is good and too much blame when it’s bad.
But Corbett has likely helped the state economy — particularly in rural Pennsylvania — by encouraging natural gas drilling.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My newest oped in Forbes - Voter ID laws protect voters' rights

Link here
There are two key arguments against the voter ID requirement. The first is that voter fraud doesn’t exist, which would mean the law has no benefits. This argument is laughable. Just ask Melowese Richardson, who was sentenced to five-years in prison for voting for Obama multiple times in Ohio. 

This is the second oped I had published today ... 

Learning economics through pictures - the benefits of a college degree

Link here

My oped on the TV show 'Suits' and restrictions on working

This is my latest oped, published at The Federalist

While I find the show entertaining, it troubles me because these types of situations happen in real life. There are people who would be good at a job, but restrictions make it illegal for them to work. The show raises a good question: If somebody wanted to pay a non-lawyer for legal advice/representation, why should that be illegal?